Whether you’re a blossoming young bride-to-be or part of a bridal party, you’re probably reading this article because the topic of bridesmaid dresses has become a part of your life. Picking out a bridesmaid dress can be fun, but it can also be stressful. Tensions tend to run high when planning a wedding, so it’s safe to say that choosing a bridesmaid dress might not be the easiest task in the world.
Of course, the most important dress in any wedding is the one worn by the bride herself. But the dresses worn by her bridal party are meant to add a special touch to her wedding, so choosing them should be done with care. No one wants their bridesmaid dresses to be the victims of snickers and looks of distaste. Unfortunately, realizing that your bridesmaid dresses are hideous after you’ve committed to them usually happens when it’s too late. This guide is here to help you avoid some of the mistakes that make nightmare bridesmaid dresses become a reality.
Why Is It So Hard to Choose Bridesmaid Dresses?
You’d think that a bride would be able to pick out a dress that she’d like her bridesmaids to wear and that would be the end of it. Unfortunately things called body types exist, and not everyone has the same one. That said, choosing a bridesmaid dress can be difficult because not everyone looks good in the same thing. Colors that might look flattering on one woman can make another woman look bulky, and the same silhouette of dress that works for a petite woman won’t look the same on a full-figured one.
Everyone has an opinion about their body and what looks good on them. It isn’t hard to imagine that, although it isn’t the bridesmaids’ special day, they still have an opinion about what they’re seen wearing.
A Likely Truth – They’ll Probably Never Be Used Again!
I’m sure that a lot of brides have the idea that their bridesmaids will love the dress they’ll be wearing, so much so that they’ll wear it again to some other event. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but chances are that isn’t true. Many bridesmaids do end up getting more use from their dresses, but I’d probably say that most of them end up lost and forgotten in the back of a walk-in closet. After all, weddings are special events, and even the bridesmaid’s dresses are special. A lot of dresses worn to those types of events don’t transition well.
Is Buying a Bridesmaid Dress a Waste of Money?
Frankly, spending a fortune on bridesmaid dresses, (or expecting someone else to) is usually a waste of money. There’s another option, however, for those of you who realize the simple truth: that money spent on buying a one-time dress could be saved by deciding to rent a bridesmaid dress instead.
Bridesmaid Dress Rental Is a Great Option
Renting bridesmaid dresses isn’t a brand-new practice. I remember years ago, during my pageant days, women would often rent their bridesmaid dresses from the boutique that I loyally shopped at every year. The idea has been expanded upon, and now boutiques and shops are popping up all over the country and the internet, offering women an alternative to pricey bridesmaid dresses.
I bring up the internet because online dress shopping has become a huge convenience in my life. There’s something to be said about avoiding the Saturday struggle for a parking space at a packed mall, mulling through teenagers and children while scouring stores for the limited selection of dresses they offer, then feeling the bitter pang of disappointment when you see the same few dresses repeated in tired fashion over and over again.
Shopping online for bridesmaid dresses eliminates a lot of the issues listed above. The selections you get online increase every day, unlike your favorite store-fronts, who have to wait for shipments to arrive periodically. Don’t forget, you’re also not the only person who will be getting married, no matter when your wedding is set. As soon as those dresses hit the shelves, they’re going to be picked up, plucked at and likely incorporated into another wedding.
Do Yourself A Big Favor
No matter if you’re the bride or a part of a bridal party, you can save a lot of money if you decide to rent bridesmaid dresses. I’m sure you can think of a few things that your money could go to instead of an expensive one-timer. And don’t think that you’re giving up any kind of quality by opting for rental bridesmaid dresses. I’ve been amazed at the increased number of options that I’ve seen while researching bridesmaid dresses for rent. I’ve seen dresses that I never even thought of as options for bridesmaid dresses, and I’m truly impressed.
Get Talking Then Start Renting the Dresses for Your Bridesmaids
If the topic hasn’t already been brought up in the bridal party, go ahead and be the one to mention it. I’m sure you’ll have plenty of ladies on your side when you mention how many mani-pedi combos you could get by renting a bridesmaid dress instead of buying one. And if the dresses do end up looking, well, less than desirable on you…well at least you won’t have to see at them again. If you can get past the Facebook and Instagram pictures that is.